A tearoom application which attracted 103 objections has been given the go ahead by councillors.

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Members of North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Development Committee approved the plan to change a Holt clothes shop called Renew, in Chapel Yard, into a tearoom yesterday.

The proposal was submitted to NNDC by Cathy Howlett, who does not own the clothes shop but told councillors she had family connections to the town.

At the end of the debate Mrs Howlett said Renew would be closing the shop to trade online and she hoped the tearoom would be open by this Easter.

Objections included the business should not be lost to another food and drink establishment, it could create noise if there were tables outside and could add to the town’s existing parking problems.

Holt Town Council objected to the plan because of the loss of A1 retail to an A3 space.

But Mrs Howlett told the committee: “It would be a fine dining experience for young and old, would source local food and would be a Norfolk experience.”

She said the tearoom would be open for customers between 10am and 5pm and wanted local groups to use it.

Committee member John Wyatt said: “Holt is becoming a place for cafés and estate agents. We need to keep A1 premises. I’m dead against it.”

6 comments

  • Musto_Fan - Spot on. What I find rather incredulous is that a decision was actually reached on a planning application at Holt.

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    BG

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • If you make Holt a tourist destination this is what happens. Just look at Southwold.

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    BG

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • @BG Holt Town Council was obviously dwelling on the negatives more than giving consideration to the positives, ie the fact that the tearoom could be a quaint facility for locals and tourists alike, not to mention the potential to sell wholesome, freshly baked food, which could either be eaten on the premises or taken awayhome.

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    Musto_Fan

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Bring in Costa's

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    Jacob Burns

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • So reminiscent of Costa's plan to set up in Southwold. There is no pleasing some folk; why does planning application to open a tearoom cause such a furore? It's a tearoom, with which may come additional employment opportunities! Anyone complaining might like to reflect on how they would feel if a kebab shop was instead proposed.

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    Musto_Fan

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Get over yourselves people of Holt. You are a tourist town and can take any amount of tearooms. I always have trouble finding a table when we visit. I'm sure if the clothes shop had been spectacularly successful if wouldnt be shutting. As for the noise problem. For heaven's sake I have never heard of a tearoom that continues long into the night as a wildly rowdy den of iniquity. I think you'll find it all rather quiet and sedate.

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    Electra

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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